Criminal Law and the Supreme Court

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Criminal Law and the Supreme Court William Howard Taft the president of the United States from 1909 to 1913, who also was the Chief Justice, stated “Presidents come and go, but the Supreme Court goes on forever”. Currently that holds true. The first Supreme Court was called to assemble February 1 1790. It was then when they established their powers and duties. The Supreme Court of the United States now has one chief of Justice and eight Associate Justices. The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest judicial body in the United States. This paper will discuss a Supreme Court case. It will review some interesting facts on the case. The paper will also be about what are the various elements of a crime as well as accomplice…show more content…
First, that the person committed the criminal act in question and secondly, that they did so with the required criminal mindset. The amount the court imposed seems a bit offensive and in the authors opinion seems to be more of a general deterrence method for others. The author is interested in this case because the author has downloaded songs as well and never thought of those consequences. Lawyers for the recording industry argued that illegal downloading hurt the recording industry and that Joel Tenenbaum was a hardcore copy right infringer. Joel Tenenbaum argued in his defense also argued that the U.S. Copyright Act is unconstitutional and that Congress did not intend the law to impose liability or damages when the copyright infringements amount to "consumer copying." We're pleased with this decision," RIAA spokeswoman Cara Duckworth said after the Supreme Court's announcement Monday (2012). This is not the first such case of this nature either. In summary Joel Tenenbaumn although criminally liable was fined excessively. The 8th amendment protects an individual in this situation. In this case the author believes although the fines imposed excessive it can be seen as punishment that can be a general deterrence to a current issue out of control. Most younger people believe that it hurts no one to download music and continue to do it frequently. Although some people see it ethically wrong and see it the same as stealing. Maybe the case of Joel Tenenbaum can set an
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